Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
Thought for the Day: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
In our daily lives, we see things that jog memories from our childhood. This evening as our family dined in a local restaurant a family came in and were seated at a table next to us. One of the children, a boy of maybe 10-11, was in a wheelchair. As I watched and observed I saw there were three children, two boys and one girl. I always think of my brothers and my parents when I see children in wheelchairs, but this was more. I do not know for sure, but something told me that the boy might have muscular dystrophy like my brothers. As I thought about that family sitting at that table, I remembered our family as we sat around our table. Two chairs were always gone from the table where my brothers’ wheelchairs could be rolled in. After we came to the table everything was normal, we had family discussions about school, church, sports (The St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Tennessee Vols, and Miami Dolphins). We ate the dinners that my mother prepared as we discussed daily events, and we even had some arguments. After dinner, the boys would go to their places in the den to watch TV and to do their homework, just like my own children do today. At that table in the restaurant, I saw a loving family who happened to have a child in a wheelchair, conversing as a family. The parents had done a great job melding the family into a solid unit and as they ate we heard laughter, discussion, and happy conversation coming from their table.
When I look back at my family unit and how my parents planned our lives to be filled with wonder and filled with much love, I see that God placed the perfect parents to take care of us as children. We grew up “normally” as normal as a family with two handicapped children can and I am so proud of my parents and how my brothers and I were raised. God is our parent and God cares for us in ways that only He understands. He works everyday to help us understand each other and to live with each other. Thank goodness we have a God who loves us as a parent with unconditional love and with love that will help us through everything.
Prayer: God, thank you for the wonderful memories of childhood and the remembrance of wonderful family meals and good times. Help those who are handicapped feel Your love through the love of their family and help them know they are special and loved. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Families of handicapped children